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Stack Up!

Stack Up!

Fall 2013 Games
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Manufacturer: Peaceable Kingdom
Price: $24.99

Stack Up! is a unique board game for the whole family that encourages and requires cooperation. Players collaborate to reach the goal of beating the Stack Smasher by building a single tower that stands 12 blocks high. Playing develops preschool skills including balance, color matching, and hand-eye coordination. On each turn, a player spins the spinner to determine one of three options; stack a block alone, partner challenge, or move the Stack Smasher one space closer to knocking the tower down. If working alone, the player must use the stacking sticks (which have two different end types to increase/decrease difficulty level) and place a specific colored block on the tower by themselves without knocking it over. If completing a partner challenge, a card will be drawn to determine the challenge that will have to be completed with the person to the player's left. Some of the challenges include covering one eye, stomping, standing on one leg, or singing a song while each player holds one of the stacking sticks to move a single block at the same time. If the Stack Smasher moves around the board before the 12-block stack is completed, then the game ends without a team win.

Stack Up! is a completely original game that was a hit with our playtesters. Families have played it several times, enjoying each game more than the last. Not only do the kids enjoy the challenges, so do the adults. It is a fantastic family game for those with young children looking to add a new and fun game to their repertoire!

Kelly Schaffer   ©2013 Parents' Choice

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